Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shaky”

See all translations

shaky

adjective
 
 
/ˈʃeɪki/
not in good condition or likely to fail: The government is taking these steps to try to improve the country's shaky economy. Too many mortgages were given to people with shaky credit histories. Several of the big life insurance companies are looking shaky.
on shaky ground in a situation in which there is a strong possibility that something might stop working, be defeated, etc.: The state's finances are still on shaky ground. I think you're on very shaky ground with that argument.
(Definition of shaky from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shaky?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shaky” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More